What Is Green Investing: Investing Using Environmental Screens
Positive and negative screens are tools that ensure the Funds are
invested only in companies that are environmentally proactive, as
demonstrated by their business practices, policies, products, and
performance. Our primary positive and negative screens are listed below.
We look for companies involved in:
- Alternative energy
- Eco-friendly products
- Green technology
- Organic / natural food supply
- Water solutions
- Sustainable development
- Community investment
We seek to avoid companies involved in:
- Nuclear weapons and nuclear energy
- Fossil fuel
- Animal testing (for non-medical purposes)
- Factory farming
- Genetically modified organisms ("GMOs")
- Agricultural pesticides
The Funds also seek to avoid investing in any company in any industry that has a poor environmental record with regard to resource use, air emissions, water impact, waste management, purchasing policies, land use, environmental disclosure or environmental compliance.
There are certain risks associated with investing in the Green Century Funds. The Green Century Funds' environmental criteria limit the available investments compared with funds with no such criteria. This could cause the Fund's investment performance to be worse or better than similar funds with no environmental criteria.